Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.
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-'a person who has recourse to someone's services, in return for payment'. This term is not used exclusively in business relationships. It is currently used in the social services and in psychotherapy: it has a more interactive and less medical connotation than patient, (a person who suffers or receives treatment, with a certain passivity).